Prayer meeting scheduled

All are invited to attend a prayer meeting at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9 in the Ballroom of the Monticello Community Building. Organizers say participants will pray for people with cancer, their families, and the doctors and nurses who care for them.

Monticello school board proposes tax rate increase

The Monticello school board on Sept. 21 approved a tentative tax levy that includes a state-allowed increase in the maximum tax levy for its education and operation and maintenance funds.

Marathon meeting in D-W ends in board member reappointment

More than 25 people including community residents and teachers attended the Sept. 19 DeLand School Board meeting to voice their support for former board member Dean Bush.

Bush resigned from the board during a special school board meeting in August.

Alderman attendance discussed by council

The Monticello City Council will pursue an ordinance spelling out its own attendance requirements after at least one aldermen has missed half of the public body’s regular meetings since June.

At Monday’s council session, Aldermen Seth Melton said he had been asked if anything could be done to enforce attendance among council members.

Two school referenda an option on future ballot

The possibility of two referendum questions on one ballot could allow Monticello school district voters to choose whether academic or athletic/arts facility upgrades should come first at the high school. Or residents could give approval to do both.

Former bank building touted as new police station

The Monticello city council heard from Police Chief John Carter Sept. 26 on the merits of converting the former First Mid-Illinois Bank building into a new police station.

MHS homecoming court announced

Monticello High School selected its 2016 homecoming king and queen candidates.

Open House at new Monticello church building Sunday

An open house is scheduled at the new Monticello United Methodist Church building, located at 2020 E. Washington St., from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2. All are welcome to come tour the newly opened church.


Mansfield man to plead not guilty to murder charges

A Mansfield man accused of strangling his wife 26 years ago appeared in Piatt County Court in Monticello Monday for the first time since authorities filed four murder charges against him last Thursday.

New school board member in Cerro Gordo

Cerro Gordo school board president Todd Henricks announced new school board member Angie Miller with a lighthearted “winner winner, chicken dinner” greeting before the board formally approved her appointment to the open seat.

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